First Victoria Cross winner finally gets Blue Plaque in Scarva

Perhaps the most well-known recipient of the Victoria Cross from Northern Ireland is James Magennis – due in no small part to the belated nature of the recognition of his bravery and his Belfast roots over recent years – but today another Blue Plaque was unveiled in honour of the first VC winner, at Druminargal House, 29 Poyntzpass Road, Scarva, the birthplace of Royal Navy midshipman Charles Lucas – by the Ulster History Circle. He had joined the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen in 1848 and ended his career as a Rear-Admiral. Although the action he received the award for was the earliest, in 1854 during the Crimean War, the Victoria Cross Society website notes, in a detailed history, that he wasn’t the first to physically receive the award. Charles Lucas died at his home in Tunbridge Wells on 7 August 1914.Images from the Victoria Cross Society